Edward was working hard at paperwork in his study at the desk. He heard a knocking at the door. Edward spoke up, “Come in.” Answering the knock a man into the room.
“Master,” A servant said. “I have a man in the waiting room he said his name is “Master” he claims to be here for the teaching position.”
Edward looked up to the servant waited a second to process the information. He then stated back to the servant, “Okay, did he travel far? Have you served him drink and food?”
“He had not stated anything about travel, I have drink and sandwiches being served to him as we speak.” the servant answered
Edward nodded to the servant then stated, “Okay, notify him I will be there to greet him shortly get the library prepped and come back and get me.”
“Yes, sir. It will be done,” the servant commented
Edward nodded and dismissed the servant saying, “Thank you, Henry”
“Very good Sir,” Henry said.
After a period of time Henry returned and notified Edward that library was ready and the guest had finished a cup of tea and had eaten a quick bite. Edward stood up thanked Henry and stepped around the desk and headed to the waiting room to greet his guest. Entering the waiting room he saw a man of similar age to himself with well cared for but definitely worn clothing.
“You are here for the teaching job correct?” Edward asked the guest
“Yes sir I am, my name is Master.” Master stated
“So what all do you know?” Edward asked
“I know how to read, write, martial arts, weaponry, and even know military arts,” Master proudly stated
“I do know my son wishes to be in the military, he wants to be a protector of the people,” Edward smiled
While Edward and Master were just finishing basic information and greetings. Yuki Gia silently walked into the room she spoke saying, “My son just wishes to protect John, who he feels to be his older brother and best friend. I apologize Master Snow for speaking without permission however Henry notified me that you were interviewing a possible teacher.”
“Well well Yuki, please join us. Henry was right in notifying you. Is Friedrick available for this?” Edward smiled. “Master would you mind if we have you try one of our boys out Friedrick has been trained by his parents.” directing Master’s gaze to the Asian woman then stating. “This is Friedrick’s mother Yuki gia head of my servants his father is Khang head of security and information gathering.”
“Is Friedrick here?” Master asked, “If he is available I will test him out and see where he is in his training.”
“Of course, Friedrick show yourself.” Yuki declared.
Friedrick walks out of everyone’s blind spot. “Master Snow, Mother, Sir”
Master smiled, “that was very good but your shadow was still visible.”
Yuki shocked that Master saw through Friedrick’s “hide”
“Do you mind if I take him outside to evaluate him?” asked Master
“Yuki Xaio do you mind?” Master asked.
“Friedrick go ahead and show him,” Yuki Gia
Friedrick nods to his mother and leads the guest outside and shows him what he has learned from his mother and father. Using shadow step, intellect, sleight of hand, and wing chung, with some acupuncture.
“Well you definitely know quite a bit, but what drives you?” Master
“As far back as I can remember, The Young Master’s father who has been really nice to me and my parents, keeps being attacked even though he cares about everyone here in Portsmouth.” Friedrick stated.
“Has John, himself, been attacked?” Master asked.
“Yes sir,” Friedrick stated.
Friedrick guided everyone outside to where his Father Khang & Yuki would train him. Out back of the main house there was a bare patch of land with a slight concave area. Which he was very familiar with having to be out there for 2 hours a day training with both of his parents prior to waking John and going hunting. After lunch he would then assist John with his training at this location.
“Hmm,” Master said. “Let me guess daily training happens here. How often per day do you train?”
Friedrick frowned, “Well, my training is twice per day once with my father and right after my mother for a total of two hours. Then after lunch I assist The Young Master with his training.”
“Hmm, very good so what do you train in?” asked Master.
“Well, my Father is great with sabers bucklers and martial arts, Mother is great with daggers, shadow step, and acupuncture.” Friedrick stated “So, that is what they trained me in.However I would like to switch to the Targe like John it would be easier for having two blades and would like to use the Rondel it is just a bit longer than the dagger.”
“What is Shadow step, is that how you were hiding earlier?” Master asked
“Yes, Shadow step when mastered lets you manipulate the blind spot in people's vision and dull out your own color using ki. The ability allows you to basically be invisible or at least silent and not leave a trace or track behind. Some say true master can even erase themselves from sight, smell, or even erase yourself from history and memories.” Friedrick smiles maniacally.
“Hmm, okay very good. Very good, let’s see where you are at.” Master said, “Show me your proper warm ups and then we can exchange forms.”
Upon hearing about Friedrick’s daily routine with his training. Master was surprised, but happy if this is how the manservant was, he could not wait to see what the Young Master John was like if he was in the same mind set or excessively or doing it. At the comment Friedrick was smiling then for a warm up he squatted putting his knees and toes togethers and heels apart then maneuvered his feet till they were parallel to his shoulders. At which he began doing squats whilst doing alternating arms doing different hand, wrist, and arm flexes. He did this for several sets then continued onto other warm up forms next was saber basic forms. Friedrick continued this for about 45 minutes going over every saber form basic and some advanced forms with and without the buckler, then went onto daggers, followed by each step form he knew. During each and every form Master would observe Friedrick every muscle movement. After Friedrick finished all the forms he was drenched with sweat and every muscle was tired, but Friedrick was still determined to continue. Seeing this Master was proud of this child even though he never trained him yet.
“Good, I barely seen any wasted movement or exaggerated movements.” commented Master, “However, we will need to adjust your muscles. Cool off, drink some water and take this solution, after which we will trade forms.”
Shortly after handing the solution to Friedrick, Master smiled then headed out of the barren circle over to an over sized boulder with a flat top, and leapt on top of it turned around and sat down without touching the boulder with his hands. Friedrick looked up to Master and watched carefully, he did not see any movements. However instead of looking away he kept looking more and more closely then saw that every muscle across Master’s entire body barely visibly twitched but they all did in an almost entirely random pattern.
“Master how are you doing that?” Friedrick was very curious yet anxious seeing what Master was doing.
“Hmm? Doing what? I am not doing anything yet. All I am doing is flexing and meditating.” Master plainly stated, “How about you try watching and do the same?”
Friedrick was studying Master’s body especially close again. Doing this for about 30 minutes Friedrick could not figure out anything. Finally Master decided that Friedrick had cooled off long enough opening his eyes he saw Friedrick was extremely close and watching his arms and legs.
“You realize how close you are correct? This could be considered as you’re trying to court me,” Master joked.
“Sorry Master, but I knew not of another way to try to comprehend how you are capable too,” Friedrick stated.
“Well Friedrick are you ready for this?” Master asked
“Yes, Master I am ready,” Friedrick stated
“Good,” Master said. Master then decided stood up looking over at Frederick smiled, then begin stepping forward into the circle once the circle he waved over at Frederick and said, “Let us begin.”
Friedrick walked into the circle then took a simple Wing Chung stance. “I am ready, I believe please teach me.”
Master was surprised at the fact that Friedrick basically looked like he was just standing there. Thinking to himself well he said he was ready, I myself do not know anything about the martial arts he knows. However, I do know several others this will be interesting most English men mostly only know boxing and weapon arts. They would not be this way if they had any real time with the Asian countries or India.
Master decided and smiled then took on a Thai Boxing stance, “I will not commit a killing blow but I won’t hold back otherwise.”
After Master stated this Friedrick nodded to Master but said nothing. Seeing the nod Master charged at Friedrick closing in as soon as he got within arms reach Master throughout a straight right. Friedrick redirected the punch past his head. As soon as his fist passed Friedrick’s head Master’s hand opened grabbed the back of Friedrick’s head and pulled his arm back with Friedrick’s head straight to his knee. Surprised at this movement Friedrick quickly used the power of Master’s momentum to miss the knee. After which Friedrick tried to use his Dad’s signature move “Ten Thousand Years of Pain,” by reaching out with his left hand and grabbing at Master family jewels. Seeing what Friedrick was reaching for, he then shifted the knee strike to a round-house kick. Which sent Friedrick off to Master’s left, Friedrick did not fall but lost balance for a couple of steps. Friedrick smiled with the fact that he just got caught completely off guard having never seen a move like that instead of his father’s incenant use of slapping him to get around Friedrick’s defense, then trying to flip him with the use of his manhood was extremely great. Friedrick had to hold back a laugh and then reconstructed his defense now knowing that Master’s Martial was a heavy strength base. So all he had to do was keep his movement simple and conservative that way when he created an opening he could make Master take him seriously.
This time when Master charged at him, again Master did a straight however it was with his left arm Friedrick did not deflect it or use the momentum to redirect it instead he used the momentum to twist the arm and end with his partially closed fist to Master’s armpit getting a smile from Master and redden his face too.
“Hmm, that is new,” Master said.
Master and Friedrick went back and forth like this for 20 minutes Friedrick took most of the hits however he gained 4 hits in on Master during this exchange Master used Muay Thai, Tai Chi Chuan, Gung Gi Fook Fu, then after the 20 minutes Master grabbed a stick and began using sword forms. In response Friedrick pulled a saber and buckler. They went back and for for another 20 minutes during which Friedrick failed to land a single hit Master never hit him with the stick he used his finger to land hits but used the stick to defend against every sword swing. Master ended up using about 6 different sticks but he never used one thicker than his middle finger.
Master asked Friedrick, “Do you know why I used a finger to land hits and a stick to defend?”
“I guess to protect me from severe injury.” Friedrick guessed
“Hahaha, no no no I am not that inexperienced. I did because the sticks would have broken if I hit you but metal always cuts flesh without blessings.” Master answered, “the last thing I wanted was to be missing fingers just because I was robbed while napping on my way here. You have done very well Friedrick. Your parents have trained you extremely well. Now I will have to find the boy you call Young Master. That way I can test him and see how good he is at Martial arts and military strategy.”
At that Friedrick smiled and bowed to Master saying, “Thank you for your teachings I appreciate the education.” Then took off to continue his duties for the day.
A couple of hours later John the Young Master finally showed up with a deer on one side and 4 wild rabbits on the other. As John was walking toward the back door toward the kitchen door. He saw a stranger sitting on the gutting boulder that the main chef used to skin and gut the daily catch. John set the catch next to the boulder and was about to say something to the man when he noticed that the man’s eyes were closed so he shrugged and headed to the kitchen door and knocked. “Chef, Chef hey I finally made it back and I got 4 rabbits and a medium deer.” John declared after opening the door to the kitchen.
“Thank you, Young Master by the way I was told to have you go introduce yourself to that man over there after you go get your stuff for training.” the Main Chef stated the message he was asked to pass along from John’s father. “Now I appreciate the catch today however how was the tracks the rabbits left are we doing well for them or do we need to shift for the change of weather?”
“I believe we may have 2 more weeks, I have noticed a greater amount of hog tracks I may end up with one tomorrow so I will be bringing Friedrick along tomorrow on,” John stated flatly.
“Okay I will have the hog traps ready for you tomorrow morning and begin sharpening and re-edging my skinning knives and gutting knives tonight. God I hate hogs more meat but much tougher hides heavier arses fucking pigs,” the Main Chef stated then spat to the side with a disgusted facial expression.
John understood what he meant having to haul the pigs last year with Friedrick and the year before with his father and Friedrick. However it doesn’t seem like they get any lighter and their seem to be more each year too. John turned his head around and saw the man still sitting on the boulder then turned back to the Chef and smiled bowed and stepped back out of the kitchen. John turned and ran around the building toward the front of the building and toward the front door. As he got to the top front door Friedrick was standing there and handed him his Targe and his Zweihänder sword which was a small two handed sword that weighed 6lbs and 5 foot in length, he was 5years old and still struggled to exceed 12 minutes with one hand but with two hands he could make it drastically longer.
“Do your best John I only got 4 hits but none with my saber,” Friedrick stated.
“Hah, well that’s because your just a manservant,” John stated but he knew Friedrick was better than him but that is because John was planning for an extreme style that would be great for getting everyone’s attention on a battlefield and away from his men. After taking his equipment from Friedrick with a smile on his face John turned around and took the steps two at a time.